No one has been injured in the incident, airport and fire service officials say
Technical glitches have forced a domestic flight of US-Bangla Airlines, carrying 171 people, to make an emergency landing at the Shah Amanat International Airport after its nose wheel got stuck.
“The Cox’s Bazar-bound flight from Dhaka made a ‘technicallanding’ at 1:12pm on Wednesday,” airport Manager Wing Commander Sarwar-E-Zaman told the Dhaka Tribune.
He said the front wheel of the aircraft did not open, forcing the pilot to make a technical landing. “This is not a crash landing. All passengers and crew are safe,” Sarwar added.
Flight BS-141 took off from Dhaka airport at 11:30am with 164 passengers and seven crew members on board. It was scheduled to land at the Cox’s Bazar Airport at 12:30pm.
The pilot circled for some time in Cox's Bazar as its nose wheel got stuck. US-Bangla Airlines General Manager (Marketing support and PR) Md Kamrul Islam said the pilot contacted Shah Amanat International Airport officials after noticing some technical problems.
Fire Service and Civil Defence Deputy Assistant Director Jashim Uddin said they rushed to the airport with six vehicles after they were informed of the situation. "There was no casualty and everyone on board is well,” he added.
Flight operations remained suspended for some time before resuming around 5pm after the incident, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh PRO Mahbubur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune.
"The aircraft narrowly escaped a major accident thanks to the pilot. The airlines may suffer from an image crisis if such incidents continue to happen," he said.
In March, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla plane crashed at Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport.